DHS TRIP Failings Under House Committee Scrutiny Nov. 8

Congress is calling DHS to task on the failings of its traveler’s redress program, which was designed to assist foreign visitors who were consistently hassled at border crossings because their name happens to resemble Osama bin Laden’s or some other name on the terrorist watch list.

The House of Representatives’ Committee on Homeland Security will be discussing the Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (TRIP) at its committee meeting tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 8. The committee sent a letter to DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff requesting him to respond to a list of questions regarding the program that are intended to identify the problem areas and to get them resolved.

TRIP was established as a “one-stop” redress center to clear the innocent travelers so they could fly and go through border crossings freely, but the program has been fraught with problems, including backlogs in application adjudications, temporary shutdowns, and lack of inter-agency communication, among other concerns.

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